Written May 24, 2012
It seemed slow to me. I am a big fan of the original series and yes even the cheesy remake in the 90's this was a whole other animal!!
Written May 23, 2012
The whole premise was strange to me - I think we were supposed to believe that the witch was the "bad-guy" but as the movie progressed it kind of seemed like Barnabus the vampire was the antagonist that brought a curse upon himself for being a jerk. Ultimately I think it was pretty obvious that the "good-guy" killed WAY more innocent people than the witch ever did. And at least her killings had a motive as opposed to the random acts of violence carried out by the vampire (granted she created the vampire, but still). Plus she was super hot which made it even harder to dislike her.
Toward the end It was as though the director was trying to cram in a bunch of references from the book or tv series or whatever the movie was based on that made no sense... Random werewolf that did NOTHING, some weird ghost that kept falling off the chandelier that did NOTHING, random boy's mom that should have stepped in long before things got carried away.
For me it was just OK... maybe a good renter.
Written May 13, 2012
I went with my 14 year old daughter and a 50+ friend who loves anything Depp. Works for this audience. Definately NOT for the squeemish, sexually inhibited, or really little kids. Pretty big "yuck" factor and lots of fuel for violence junkies. Amazing cast of actors acting amazingly poorly - then I began to think that Depp in particular was playing it as a parody of himself and the laugh was on us for paying the $11 a seat to see him mumble jokes in bad make-up . The one stand-out acting performance was Michele Pfieffer who seemed authentic - the rest could have been replaced by a local high school troupe except for their famous faces and bodies which we saw reguarly in various states of decay. I guess Burton and this cast had a great time making this film and we certainly laughed out loud enough to get our money's worth even if we maybe we were laughing hardest at the serious bits. Whatever....
Written May 11, 2012
Loved Dark Shadows the show, way back when, Love Johnny for ever....One of there best! Have to see it more than once to catch all the laughs.
Really really liked the movie, as did everyone in the theatre last nite.
Written May 15, 2012
I really wanted to like this movie. Felt like they tried to throw as much crap in as possible at the end to set things up for the sequel. Really expected more.